Thursday, October 14, 2010

The Perfect Penitent

Only a bad person needs to repent: only a good person can repent perfectly. The worse you are the more you need it and the less you can do it. The only person who could do it perfectly would be a perfect person—and he would not need it.

C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity (p. 49 of this edition)


Randy said...

True, true -- but it does mess a bit with my understanding of reformed theology.
Lewis was somewhat removed from that, as , alas, was GK, but...that's OK. Just sayin' or something). :)

Stephen Ley said...

CSL was no Calvin, but that's ok. I love 'em both. I even have room for John Wesley in my pantheon of Christian heroes (wink).